Do you want to improve your public speaking skills.. if YES…. then it will be the most useful article for you.
Your list of self development should include one most important resolution “Improve public speaking skills,”. Public Speaking skill has the power to improve every area of your life. In my previous article on “Be a Winner”, I emphasis that in almost all jobs, your public speaking skills known as soft skills, have as much of an impact on your success as your technical skills.
Some time back, I was also suffering the same issue, lack of public speaking skills and that was a big weakness of my life, always became a hurdle in every step of my career. Even I was not able to take participate in any kind of event/program and social gathering during my school and college life. I had been blaming my family, teacher and my destiny for this weakness. My profession Company Secretary does not allow me to have this weakness. I need to find out some way out. BUT, with the God grace someone advised me and I joined East Delhi Toastmaster Club (EDTM), and added “improve public speaking skills” as the most important resolution in my to-do list of self development.
You can watch my ‘Best Speaker Award’ winning speech on Child labor on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvEB807jrOA
The best way to improve your public speaking skills is to do practice and practice. But for practice you need to have a supportive and encouraging environment, now the big question is where you will get this kind of environment. Being a part of toastmaster club since more than twelve months (June, 2016), I can say that the Best and easiest way to improve your public speaking skills is to join any Toastmaster Club. Toastmaster provides you an encouraging and supportive environment which will not only help you in improving communication skills but also grow you as a leader. To know more about Toastmaster, visit any club nearby your area or post your query through comment.
Official Notice: All job requires public speaking skills. If public speaking skill is lacking, you cannot test success.
Toastmaster gives you two manuals which prescribes ten speaking projects with its objective. Each of the 10 speech project from first manual covers one fundamental skill for public speakers. If you are a Toastmaster, this is your guide through the first ten speeches. If you are not a Toastmaster, consider this an introductory public speaking course. This is the best formula on which the Toastmasters projects are based.
Overview of the First Ten Toastmasters Projects.
Toastmaster Project 1: The Ice Breaker — The first speech of the Toastmasters program is about introducing yourself to your peers. To Begin speaking before the audience. and To discover speaking skills you already have.
Toastmaster Project 2: Organize Your Speech — Introduces the basic concepts of organizing a speech around a speech outline. Create a strong opening and conclusion. Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another. Click here to read my Toastmaster speech 2.
Toastmaster Project 3: Get to the Point — Clearly state your speech goal, and make sure that every element of your speech focuses on that goal. Click here to read my Toastmaster speech 3.
Toastmaster Project 4: How to Say It — Examines word choice, sentence structure, and rhetorical devices. Select the right words and sentence structure to communicate your ideas clearly, accurately and vividly. Eliminate jargon and unnecessary words. Use correct grammar. Click here to read my Toastmaster speech 4
Toastmaster Project 5: Your Body Speaks — Shows how to complement words with posture, stance, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact. Click here to read by Toastmaster Speech 5.
Toastmaster Project 6: Vocal Variety — Guides you to add life to your voice with variations in pitch, pace, power, and pauses. Click here to read by Toastmaster Speech 6
Toastmaster Project 7: Research Your Topic — Addresses the importance of backing up your arguments with evidence, and touches on the types of evidence to use.
Toastmaster Project 8: Get Comfortable With Visual Aids — Examines the use of slides, transparencies, flip charts, whiteboards, or props.
Toastmaster Project 9: Persuade With Power — Discusses audience analysis and the different forms of persuasion available to a speaker.
Toastmaster Project 10: Inspire Your Audience – To draw all their skills together to deliver a powerful inspirational message
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